At BIC , we believe in providing essential everyday products that are an integral part of our lives. And we believe in acting responsibly with the planet, society and future generations in mind. Our approach to sustainability is deeply rooted in our values and is an integral part of our daily business. We believe in making a positive impact on the world by providing sustainable solutions through smart design and creating products that last.
In 2018, we launched the "Writing the Future, Together" sustainability program because we believe that fulfilling our five commitments - improving the environmental and societal footprint of our products, taking action on climate change, providing our employees with a safe working environment, making our supply chain more responsible, and strengthening our commitment to education - will be a decisive factor in shaping tomorrow's business so that we can write a sustainable future for all.
FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION IN BIC PRODUCTS
By 2025, the environmental and/or social footprint of BIC® products will be improved.
Our goal is to deploy a comprehensive eco-design process in each of our categories, taking into account environmental and societal dimensions and guiding sustainable innovation. An evaluation tool incorporating criteria such as the use of alternative materials or low plastic consumption has been designed to allow the evaluation of all BIC® products and the improvement of their environmental performance. As we continue our journey towards the circular economy, we have added two commitments in 2020
By 2025, BIC will use 100% renewable electricity.
We are seeking to reduce the Group's greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of renewable energy and we explore the possibility of generating renewable electricity on site. We met our target of 80% in 2021 and have updated this target to operate with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
In addition, we actively encourage all of our teams to get involved and be mindful of their energy consumption.
ACT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
COMMITTING TO SAFETY AT WORK
By 2025, BIC aims for zero accidents on its sites.
This ambition integrates the dimensions of safety, health and well-being in the workplace, at all levels. It is based on a further intensification of our internal policies and safety culture in all our operations.
It includes the implementation of specific local actions, such as clearly defined objectives, the scaling up of health and safety processes and increased employee involvement.
Between now and 2025, BIC will continue to work responsibly with its strategic suppliers to ensure the safest, most innovative and most efficient sourcing.
BIC will identify its "strategic suppliers" based on criteria related to innovation, financial aspects and safety. As a first step, BIC conducted a comprehensive mapping of its suppliers based on social, environmental and regulatory factors. Action plans have been developed and implemented to monitor and mitigate potential risks, while strengthening supplier relationships.
PROACTIVELY ENGAGE SUPPLIERS
INVESTING IN A BETTER LIFE THROUGH EDUCATION
By 2025, BIC will improve learning conditions for 250 million children worldwide.
BIC aims to help children succeed in school by providing better learning conditions and promoting the developmental benefits of handwriting. As a company involved in education, our goal is to expand our positive impact with a more coordinated approach.